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“On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.”
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage your eyes. Short-term exposure to UV radiation includes your exposure during regular daily activities and reflections off of pavement and other surfaces. Long-term exposure can lead to cataracts, maculary degenerations, skin cancer around the eyelids, and other eye disorders.
To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays and absorb most high-energy visible (HEV) radiation. When purchasing sunglasses, the label should list the amount of protection they provide. If you don’t know the amount of protection your sunglasses provide, your eye doctor may be able to test them to determine the amount of radiation they block.
It is also important to have your children wear sunglasses since they tend to spend more time outside than adults.
For contact wearers, check with your eye doctor about contacts that block UV radiation.
Be aware that some medications, such as antibiotics, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, and diuretics can increase your sensitivity to UV and HEV radiation.
Resource: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM THE SUN